Friday, March 25, 2005
Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.
It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."
-- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
(1729-1781) German Dramatist
Sunday, March 20, 2005
-- Bertrand Russell
Saturday, March 19, 2005
--- Friedrich Nietzche
changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin
"Not everything that counts can be counted; not everything that can be
counted counts"- Albert Einstein
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Bishop John Spong
Monday, March 14, 2005
"He drew a circle that shut me out --
Heretic, rival, a thing to flout --
But love and I had the wit to win;
We drew a circle that took him in."
Saturday, March 12, 2005
malignity of priests. Pronounce that name in the presence of a
clergyman, and you will find that you have made a declaration of
war. Pronounce that name, and from the face of the priest the mask
of meekness will fall, and from the mouth of forgiveness will pour
a Niagara of vituperation and calumny. And yet Voltaire was the
greatest man of his century, and did more to free the human race
than any other of the sons of men.
- Robert Ingersoll
"So powerful is religion at persuading to evil." 1. 101.
"Hot fevers do not depart your body more quickly
If you toss about on pictured tapestries or rich purple coverlets
Than if you lie sick under a poor man’s blanket." 2. 34-36.
On life without philosophy:
"All life is a struggle in the dark." 2. 54.
"After a while the life of a fool is hell on earth." 3. 1023.
On new truths:
"No fact is so obvious that it does not at first produce wonder,
Nor so wonderful that it does not eventually yield to belief." 2. 1026-27.
"Such is the power of reason to overcome inborn vices
That nothing prevents our living a life worthy of gods." 3. 321-22.
Friday, March 11, 2005
I was an atheist, a theist or a pantheist, a materialist or an
idealist, a Christian or a freethinker, I found that the more I learned and
reflected, the less ready was the answer. The one thing on which most of
these good people were agreed was the one thing in which I differed from
them. They were quite sure they had attained a certain `gnosis'--had
more or less successfully solved the problem of existence; while I was
quite sure that I had not, and had a pretty strong conviction that the
problem was insoluble.... So I took thought, and invented what I
conceived to be the appropriate title of `agnostic.' It came into my head as
suggestively antithetic to the `gnostic' of Church history, who professed
to know so much about the very things of which I was ignorant. To my
great satisfaction the term took.''
- Thomas Henry Huxley, (Coll. Ess. v. pp. 237-239)
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid
reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the
people their health, their housing, their schools, their
jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties if that is
what they mean by a 'liberal' then I am proud to be a
--President John F Kennedy
--- Albert Einstein
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Rather it is one of those things which gives
value to survival.
-- George Carlin
Saturday, March 05, 2005
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters and yet others go ever flowing on. (91, 12)
Cool things become warm, the warm grows cool; the moist dries, the parched becomes moist. (126)
It is in changing that things find repose. (8~)
Heraclitus 540-480 BCE
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
"The spiritual is not the religious. A religion is a dogma, a set of
beliefs about the spiritual and a set of practices which rise out of
beliefs. There are many religions and they tend to be mutually
That is, every religion tends to think that it has dibs on the
that it's 'The Way.' Yet the spiritual is inclusive. It is the
sense of belonging and participation. One might say that the spiritual
that realm of human experience which religion attempts to connect us to
through dogma and practice. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it
Religion is a bridge to the spiritual, but the spiritual lies beyond